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Hajar Al Dahk: Riwayah (Al Silsilah Al Riwaiyah) (Arabic Edition)

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This series is designed to bring to North American readers the once-unheard voices of writers who have achieved wide acclaim at home, but are not recognized beyond the borders of their native lands. With special emphasis on women writers, Interlink's Emerging Voices series publishes the best of the world's contemporary literature in translation or original English.
Published (first published 1990)
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Tariq Alferis

.الفرق أنك تقرأ رواية عن الحرب الأهلية وأنت مش مجرب الوضع وبين أنك تقرأ رواية عن الحرب الأهلية وأنت عايش في نفس الوضع بكل تفاصيله .

لو قريت رواية زمان كانت حاتكون مملة وسيئة جدا ., لكن حاليا كل حديث عن وضع الحرب من قتل وتشريد يمثلني .

القضية الانسانية الموجودة في الرواية شئ شجاع من الكاتبة , لما تحط مشكلة جدلية في مضمون شبه تاريخي عن الحرب حايكون عندك شئ ممتاز .
رواية أيقونية إلى حد كبير عن الحرب اللبنانية بالنظر إلى تاريخ صدورها في بداية التسعينيات من القرن الماضي. كان من الممكن أن تنزلق إلى خيارات سيئة مع الشخصية الرئيسية المثلية التي تبحث عن هويتها . لكنّ هدى بركات تتفادى ذلك باحتراف (لا عجب!). لقد طبّعت الرواية شخصية المثلي الباحث عن هويته الجنسية. وقدمت لنا مقاطع توصيفية فذة للشعور اللبناني الذي يعاد إنتاجه مع كل أزمة وآخرها تفجيرات الأسبوع الماضي في بيروت. من المذهل أن تقرأ عن شعور جماعي يعاود زياراته بين حين وآخر منذ خمس وعشرين سنة.
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This novel won the Al-Naqid prize and is hailed as a “poignant portrayal of the Lebanese civil war” and a “must read.” However, much like with Assia Djebar’s Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade, I did not enjoy the overtly symbolic plot that was contrived to get across the point of the author. Barakat shows how the horrors of the Lebanese civil war of the 1990s and the heartbreak of being exiled and marginalized in his native country turn the homosexual, male protagonist into an aggressor as well. S ...more
Amanda Jaczkowski
I'm still not sure what to think of this book. The excessive use of adjectives definitely reflected the original Arabic style in which it was written. The storyline never seemed to progress anywhere - and in the last moments was intensely shocking. A view into Lebanese culture, including harsh politics yet avoiding a political agenda. I've never read anything like it - and am unsure whether I'd want to read more by this author without recommendation.

Read as book 10/50 for 2014 50 Book Challenge
Read this in an Arabic literature class taught by Professor Hussein.

" . . . the street after the explosion was even more meek and peaceful, like a believer after he has said his prayers" (32).

"On his way home from the party Khalil passed underneath the balcony of the woman who was doggedly resisting the dirt that came up from the street . . . . she was standing on a high chair and was busy polishing the glass, busy with the irresistible love of life" (95).

"This is the most beautiful relationship
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Nadine Araby
رواية رائعة تتابع هدى بركات تداعيات الحرب وما يفعله القصف والموت العبثي والعنف ثم اعتياد العنف وأثره في تشويه الإنسان حد التوحش، حد انتزاع الآدمية ذاتها، تفعل بركات هذا دون عنف في السرد بل رقة خالصة، ثراء في اللغة ورهافة في الوصف. رواية فعلا رائعة
Such an amazingly written book. I could not put it down. I was entranced by its amazing narrative and use of stream of consciousness to present an artistically original novel. A great book, indeed!
Interesting account of life in Beirut during Lebanon's civil war from the perspective of a homosexual man who is in the closet. It moves really slowly. Too slowly. I'm having trouble finishing it.
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يؤسفني جداً على الوقت الذي أضعته وأنا أقرأ هذا الشيء !!
توقف عقلي عند الكثير من الأحرف ليجمعها ويلقي بها في القمامة .. بصدق أقدم أشد الأسف لوقتي وعقلي ، ومقعدي !
منى كريم
One of the best Arab novels I read. A problematic and easy approach to queerness but nevertheless a great and humanizing account of the civil war.
An intriguingly amazing novel, indeed.. especially when read in the original language (Arabic.. charming language.
إيمان الشريف
رواية مقززة ويؤسفني أن تقوم وزارة الثقافة الأردنية بطباعة هذا الكتاب وعرضه بثمن رمزي في معرض "القراءة للجميع".
Katie M.
Another powerful novel from Interlink World Fiction's excellent series of translated Arabic literature.
Rereading for paper writing. (5.2.2011)

Four-and-a-half stars, actually. A beautiful book. (4.2.2011)

Huthifa Omary
روايه تتحدث عن الحرب اللبنانيه وتتطرق إلى موضوع حساس في المجتمع
روايه جيده بالمجمل :)
heartbreakingly brilliant
Abdulmalek Al
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nice i like it >
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Hoda Barakat (Arabic: هدى بركات) is an acclaimed Lebanese novelist who lived much of her life in Beirut and later moved to Paris, where she now resides. Her works, written in Arabic, have been translated into many languages.
Her first work Hajar al-Dahik (The Stone of Laughter), is the first Arabic work to have a gay man as its main character. Her third novel, Harit al-miyah (The Tiller of Waters),
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